Homework And Tests Stressing You Out? Consider Moving To Sweden!

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While an entire month free of homework or tests may sound too good to be true, that is precisely what the students at Sturenskolan School in Boden, Sweden were treated to in April. What’s more, if the results of the experiment prove encouraging, starting 2019, the middle schoolers will never have to worry about after-school work or tests, aside from the national examinations, which are mandatory for students across the country.

The school’s principal, Petronella Sirkka, who came up with the idea, told Swedish national public broadcaster SVT, “We are constantly receiving new reports that our children feel bad. And that’s because they have a very high-stress level all the time. This is our way of trying to reduce that stress.”

The educator says that while banning homework and tests sounds radical, it makes sense given the changes in curriculum and approach to education. While in the past students were primarily subjected to memorizing and regurgitating facts, learning today is all about reflection and analysis. As a result, it is often harder for kids, especially those with little support at home, to comprehend the material by themselves. Hence, it is only fair to grade them based on their class work.

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Sirkka is not the only one who believes after-school work does not help students learn. In March 2018, the principal at École Elizabeth Ballantyne, an elementary school in Montreal, Canada, also decided to do away with homework. They hope parents will spend the extra time reading to their kids.

The debate over how much, if any, homework kids should be given is not new. In their 2006 book The Case Against Homework, authors Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish argue that while there is no proof of the benefits of homework, there is plenty of evidence of its adverse effects. A 2014 Stanford University study conducted on 4,000 students revealed that the daily stress of after-school work not only leads to decreased interaction with friends and family, but also results in sleeping disorders and physical ailments such as headaches.

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While the long-term impact of the recent decisions made by the two educators remains to be seen, the experiment has already proved successful in Finland. The Nordic country, which is at the forefront of education reform, has done away with homework, grades, and even teaching by subjects for many years. Yet, Finnish students always rank high in the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) tests especially in math and science! Hopefully, it will only be a matter of time before US educators follow their lead and ban after-school work as well!

Resources: yahoo.com,sputnicknews.com, NPR.org

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664 Comments
  • therealmrclean
    I hope more countries agree with the removal of homework, it's been degrading my mental health slowly and i'd be glad to see it gone for good!
    • aiden2022
      aiden2022about 1 year
      not fair i have homework
      • zebopevy-163283277306
        mine is lunch u can laugh and eat with u're friends!!!
        • berijuvi-163283277601
          homework is very boring and i just don't like it at all but my fav subject is math because it just is fun :].
          • baddie
            baddiealmost 2 years
            This is a really cool cite!!! YAY for DOGOnews!!!
          • e5655576567958
            e5655576567958almost 2 years
            my fav is lunch
            • yo122
              yo122almost 2 years
              Favorite subject is science because we have lots of experiments
              • pusheenicorn
                pusheenicornabout 2 years
                That makes a lot of sense. Plus, if teachers want kids to pay attention to their classes, then they shouldn't give them homework that makes the kids get bad sleep! The kids won't be able to pay attention to their classes as well, because they are trying hard to stay awake. 😴
                • levi099
                  levi099about 2 years
                  Its not much HOMEWORK it is not everything everyone can have fun
                  • levi099
                    levi099about 2 years
                    Homework is not fun